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PBS HD on DIRECTV

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by STEVED21, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. Dec 19, 2007 #81 of 230
    jacksonm30354

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    I think you are refering to WPBA-30 which is the Atlanta Board of Education station. They simulcast the analog signal on their digital channel. I think they dropped the HD as they had to pay PBS for it.

    GPB, the state-wide PBS network (WGTV - 8 in Atlanta), has not yet begun broadcasting a digital signal. Not sure what the delay is. I would assume both PBA30 and GPB will be carried once their digital signals are up and running.

    Update: Apparently, WGTV IS broadcasting digitally but at very low-power on Ch.12. This is so that they will not interfere with WDEF-12 out of Chattanooga. In Feb 2009, when the analog signals turn off, WGTV's digital signal will be switch to full power on Ch. 8.
     
  2. Dec 19, 2007 #82 of 230
    gully_foyle

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    thanks, earl, and not for the first time.
     
  3. Dec 19, 2007 #83 of 230
    Earl Bonovich

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    No problem.

    I mean what... it has been active for about 18 hours now... :D
     
  4. Dec 19, 2007 #84 of 230
    loudo

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    Not really, in my local market that only means I have to use my OTA antenna to get 26 instead of 27 HD or digitals that I can't get over satellite. One more HD channel will be welcomed, but we still have needs for an OTA tuner, to get all of our locals. That is unless you have a newer HDTV with a built in tuner, but then you are always having to switch back and forth between the TV tuner and the satellite receiver.

    But, it is great to see another channel added to the HD lineup.
     
  5. Dec 19, 2007 #85 of 230
    dvrblogger

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    DIRECTV today annopunced a deal with KCAL -9. Is KTLA already carried ?
    http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/071219/20071219005782.html?.v=1

    WHAT: DIRECTV, Inc. (NASDAQ:DTV - News), the nation's leading satellite television service provider, has added KCAL/IND Channel 9 to its local HD programming lineup, enabling DIRECTV HD customers in the Los Angeles, Calif. designated market area to view Los Angeles Lakers' games in HD. DIRECTV also offers KABC/ABC, KCBS/CBS, KNBC/NBC, KTTV/FOX, KTLA/CW, and newly added KCOP/MNT in HD.

    WHEN: Beginning today, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007.

    HOW: To receive DIRECTV's local HD programming, customers must have an H20 or H21 HD receiver or an HR20 or HR21 DIRECTV Plus(R) HD DVR and a Ka/Ku band dish. DIRECTV is offering new customers a $100 mail-in rebate on all DIRECTV HD and HD DVR receivers or an instant $100 rebate for customers who lease the equipment online at DIRECTV.com. Customers can also learn more about DIRECTV's advanced products by calling 1-800-DIRECTV.

    Eligibility for local channels is based on service address within certain designated market areas as defined by Nielsen Media Research, Inc. Visit DIRECTV.com for more information.
     
  6. Dec 19, 2007 #86 of 230
    Earl Bonovich

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    Out of those remaining 26 Digitals... how many are truely not offered on DirecTV?

    Do none of those 26 have SD carraige on DirecTV?

    I now here in Chicago... there are a lot of digital networks available.
    But almost all of them have their base channel available on the LiL-SD DirecTV offerings.

    Some people will always want ATSC... But for many others... ATSC is just an option they don't need or want...

    As noted in the very very very long thread about the future solution... there will be one... you will have an option for ATSC on your HR21's... ATSC support isn't going anywhere on the HR20's...

    So can we please bring this thread back around about the PBS additions to the lineup... which is a VERY big deal to those that can't get it via ATSC or don't want to get it via ATSC
     
  7. Dec 19, 2007 #87 of 230
    Earl Bonovich

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    Yes... as of today... it is carried.
    :backtotop about PBS
     
  8. Dec 19, 2007 #88 of 230
    loudo

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    Earl, 9 OTAs are available via DirecTV SD feeds. The other 20 are not, they are Network sub channels or PBS subchannels that offer different programing than the satellite HD or SD channels.
     
  9. Dec 19, 2007 #89 of 230
    cdizzy

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    Wow. This is one I didn't see coming. Way to go DirecTV.
     
  10. Dec 19, 2007 #90 of 230
    lovswr

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    Dan, join us in the AVS Forum - Atlanta OTA thread. WGTV (Local 8-1) should have their first HD broadcast, the NewsHour, this Friday. As you have stated it has been some time. Also WPBA 21-1, apparently, broadcast the NewsHour tonight in HD.
     
  11. Dec 20, 2007 #91 of 230
    Runch Machine

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    I wouldn't do that. Ever hear of rain fade?
     
  12. Dec 20, 2007 #92 of 230
    DCSholtis

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    He's a E* sub. It's his job to be negative about everything concerning D*. :lol:
     
  13. Dec 20, 2007 #93 of 230
    DCSholtis

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    Their FAQ was last updated in 06. Still running on temporary power on Brookpark Road, meaning you basically have to live across the street OR have cable right now in order to get their signal. With this announcement though that will change. I think it goes back to a lawsuit by Clear Channel regarding possible interference in regards to placement of the new transmitter on the tower out in North Royalton.
     
  14. Dec 20, 2007 #94 of 230
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    I'm confused....is there actually any locally originated HD on PBS stations? I'm not familiar with the offerings of their stations in the really large markets but the stations in NE Ohio, Cambridge and Pittsburgh that I can receive here have never had any HD other than the PBS-HD national feed. PBS-HD is on their main channel and everything else is on sub-channels in SD. So what would Directv be offering to my part of the country?
     
  15. Dec 20, 2007 #95 of 230
    michaelyork29

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    Hah...I feel the same way..

    (wow, what a late reply) :lol:
     
  16. Dec 20, 2007 #96 of 230
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    I agree. There are a few good CW programs we watch and we're tired of the inferior SD picture.

    Although I'm happy to take any channels that become HD, I am amazed that I'll get PBS-HD in Orlando before the CW in HD. I wish D** would issue some kind of a statement letting us know they'll at it. Unforunately, I am too far away from the transmitters to pick up this and other stations via OTA.

    C'mon D**, show us a little CW love. :sure:
     
  17. Dec 20, 2007 #97 of 230
    Azdeadwood

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    I hate to say this but Directv's idea of "soon" never matches mine. Remember last January we were promised "over 100 channels of HD content" which was "coming soon!" but didn't get any to us until the end of September. (Even now we have 87 according to the press release.)

    So expect you PBS HD at the end of August.

    I think I'm screwed on this one since I will have to see if they will provide the national feed in HD. (I have to pay $1.50 a month for each national feed I get but getting PBS in HD would be worth it.)
     
  18. Dec 20, 2007 #98 of 230
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    Thanks for the clarification! Where I work, DoD stands for Department of Defense. Couldn't figure out what that had to do with PBS. ;)

    Cheryl
     
  19. Dec 20, 2007 #99 of 230
    wilbur_the_goose

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    I wonder what locals like WHYY in Philly (who's in bed with Comcast) will do. They powered down their OTA signal and have fought all efforts to allow a national PBS "channel".

    I'm sure other cities have a similar-minded luddite like WHYY. (WNED in Buffalo comes to mind).
     
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    DCSholtis,

    Thanks for jogging my memory on this. You are correct except for that it is CBS Radio that the lawsuit is with. I had heard there were rumbling of an agreement but nothing more. This was coming off one of the local Clear Channel owned stations, I think it was Triv on WTAM or Maxwell on WMMS talking about it and they wanted people to boycott WNCX(which is CBS Radio owned) but then people called in saying that it was not NCX that was the problem but their owner(CBS Radio).


    All I know is the Brookpark site is up for sale so who knows how long any signal is gonna last before the lawsuit is finished. But I hope they do it soon.

    Thanks Again
     

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